Is It Possible To Help Baby Sleep Through The Night?
After your baby is born, it it totally normal for you to wonder when your little angel will start to sleep
for the whole night. But this is definitely not an easy task and can be a challenge, even more so for very young babies.
Some of our sleepless mammies on the eumom Facebook page recently shared their stories and worries reached out to our community looking for tips and advice.
“My baby is 10 months old and still wakes for a feed at around 12am and takes nearly a full bottle”
(Marta Izabela Badura) Night waking is very normal, not only when your baby is 4-6 months old, but also when they are older. Many are the reasons that might keep your baby awake at night. They might be going through the weaning stage, a growth spurt, teething or they can simply be hungry. While sometimes they just want some of your cuddles and snuggles!
“If they are hungry, you can’t force them to sleep”
(Alisha Richmond) The first step is to make sure that your little one is having enough feeds during the day and, if they are over 6 months old, they are also having enough nutritious meals. When they are at the weaning stage, you can start to introduce baby porridge before bed time, such as Milupa Bedtime, as it might help to keep them full for long and avoid hunger.
“You could try a couple of spoons of baby porridge with a bottle before heading to bed. It worked for my two children”
(Sarah O’Shea) But your baby might be just too young to get into the routine of sleeping 12 hours without any food. They will get there eventually, on their own pace.
“Try feed your baby at 11/12am as it might help as well”
(Anna Zaprawa) At the end, it is all about following your baby’s lead and meeting their needs as best you can.
“I’ve tried everything and nothing worked, until my little girl was 11 months old and just randomly started sleeping through the night. It was amazing!
(Ziggy McGovern) But the most important thing is: all babies are different! What might work for you, won’t necessarily work for your sister or for your best friend. Keep in mind that you are doing a great job.
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